Is there a better way to assess learning and pupil outcomes?
Standardised tests still dominate the world of education. Many would argue that such testing is an essential part of modern education systems and that test results provide essential data on pupil performance.
But is there a better way to assess learning and pupil outcomes? Some have increasingly have voiced concern over the number of tests we are now forcing children to take and the impact it’s having on their quality of education – and their mental health. A group of educators gathered in the Debate Chamber at the Global Education & Skills Forum to debate the role of standardised tests in our schools today and ask whether we should still be using them in the world of tomorrow.
|Ms Jeanne Allen, Founder and CEO, The Center for Education Reform|
|Ms Susan Hopgood, President, Education International|
|Mr Ross McGill, Managing Director, @TeacherToolkit|
|Professor Jo Ritzen, Former Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Maastricht University|
|Dame Rachel De Souza, Chief Executive, Inspiration Trust|
You can read my full transcript here and watch my pitch from 17 minutes 30 seconds. The debate was had in good spirit …
I would like to build upon the research offered by Rose:
- Offer credentials not diplomas and degrees.
- Replace grades with competency.
- Allow students to determine their pathway of study.
- If our schools are not funded sufficiently, then headteacher and teachers will never have the freedom to be this creative, and sadly we will continue way beyond 2030, perhaps for another 100 years living out this myth that we are meeting the needs of individual students, when in fact we are simply continuing to build an industrial scale approach to assessment for politicians and Governments to make performance an easier soundbyte.